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Archive - April 2010

TRISHA RICHARD

Bride, wife, mother, partner, friend
A kind and gentle blessing
Stalwart ally
Life changer

Gifted, skilled, wise, insightful
An understanding ruler of the household
Living her role with mercy
Sharing grace with each and all

Patient, encourager, dutiful
A life of joy and cheer
Bright sunshine when she is near
Comforting and caring for her family and friends

Trisha lives life looking forward
Trusting the Lord for her strength
Exercising restraint
When a situation challenges her life

Well equipped to stand in the day of failure
Studied and trained in the way of life
She loves her children without reservation
She has given her life to her man

Clay Corvin 4/27/10

PATIENCE

On Patience

“I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in a bark of a tree, just as a butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited awhile, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to warm it. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life.

The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them. Bending over it I tried to help it with my breath. In vain.

It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of its wings should be a gradual process in the sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.

The little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I have on my conscience, for I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.”
(from Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis)

“Improving our own attitudes and our own state of mind takes time. Haste and impatience can only defeat our purposes.”
(from This is Al-Anon, quoted in Courage to Change, page 93). Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA